Bible: Luke 23
Jesus Brought Before Pilate
23:1 Then 1 the whole group of them rose up and brought Jesus 2 before Pilate. 3 23:2 They 4 began to accuse 5 him, saying, “We found this man subverting 6 our nation, forbidding 7 us to pay the tribute tax 8 to Caesar 9 and claiming that he himself is Christ, 10 a king.” 23:3 So 11 Pilate asked Jesus, 12 “Are you the king 13 of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 14 23:4 Then 15 Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation 16 against this man.” 23:5 But they persisted 17 in saying, “He incites 18 the people by teaching throughout all Judea. It started in Galilee and ended up here!” 19
Jesus Brought Before Herod
23:6 Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 23:7 When 20 he learned that he was from Herod’s jurisdiction, 21 he sent him over to Herod, 22 who also happened to be in Jerusalem 23 at that time. 23:8 When 24 Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform 25 some miraculous sign. 26 23:9 So 27 Herod 28 questioned him at considerable length; Jesus 29 gave him no answer. 23:10 The chief priests and the experts in the law 30 were there, vehemently accusing him. 31 23:11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, 32 dressing him in elegant clothes, 33 Herod 34 sent him back to Pilate. 23:12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other, 35 for prior to this they had been enemies. 36
Jesus Brought Before the Crowd
23:13 Then 37 Pilate called together the chief priests, the 38 rulers, and the people, 23:14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading 39 the people. When I examined him before you, I 40 did not find this man guilty 41 of anything you accused him of doing. 23:15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing 42 deserving death. 43 23:16 I will therefore have him flogged 44 and release him.”23:17 [[EMPTY]] 45
23:18 But they all shouted out together, 46 “Take this man 47 away! Release Barabbas for us!” 23:19 (This 48 was a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection 49 started in the city, and for murder.) 50 23:20 Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted 51 to release Jesus. 23:21 But they kept on shouting, 52 “Crucify, crucify 53 him!” 23:22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done? I have found him guilty 54 of no crime deserving death. 55 I will therefore flog 56 him and release him.” 23:23 But they were insistent, 57 demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 23:24 So 58 Pilate 59 decided 60 that their demand should be granted. 23:25 He released the man they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. But he handed Jesus over 61 to their will. 62
23:26 As 63 they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, 64 who was coming in from the country. 65 They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 66 23:27 A great number of the people followed him, among them women 67 who were mourning 68 and wailing for him. 23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, 69 do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves 70 and for your children. 23:29 For this is certain: 71 The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ 72 23:30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 73 ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ 74 23:31 For if such things are done 75 when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 76
23:32 Two other criminals 77 were also led away to be executed with him. 23:33 So 78 when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” 79 they crucified 80 him there, along with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 23:34 [But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”] 81 Then 82 they threw dice 83 to divide his clothes. 84 23:35 The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed 85 him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save 86 himself if 87 he is the Christ 88 of God, his chosen one!” 23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 89 23:37 and saying, “If 90 you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” 23:38 There was also an inscription 91 over him, “This is the king of the Jews.”
23:39 One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t 92 you the Christ? 93 Save yourself and us!” 23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, 94 “Don’t 95 you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 96 23:41 And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing 97 wrong.” 23:42 Then 98 he said, “Jesus, remember me 99 when you come in 100 your kingdom.” 23:43 And Jesus 101 said to him, “I tell you the truth, 102 today 103 you will be with me in paradise.” 104
23:44 It was now 105 about noon, 106 and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 107 23:45 because the sun’s light failed. 108 The temple curtain 109 was torn in two. 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” 110 And after he said this he breathed his last.
23:47 Now when the centurion 111 saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 112 23:48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 113 23:49 And all those who knew Jesus 114 stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw 115 these things.
23:50 Now 116 there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, 117 a good and righteous man. 23:51 (He 118 had not consented 119 to their plan and action.) He 120 was from the Judean town 121 of Arimathea, and was looking forward to 122 the kingdom of God. 123 23:52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body 124 of Jesus. 23:53 Then 125 he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, 126 and placed it 127 in a tomb cut out of the rock, 128 where no one had yet been buried. 129 23:54 It was the day of preparation 130 and the Sabbath was beginning. 131 23:55 The 132 women who had accompanied Jesus 133 from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 23:56 Then 134 they returned and prepared aromatic spices 135 and perfumes. 136
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 137